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How Much is One Billion Dollars?

November 13, 2013 repository Comments Off

This article appeared in the March 20, 1941 issue of The Wanderer. (Well, 70 years later we can add 15 trillion into the example.) Here’s a simple and homely illustration of what one billion dollars amounts to: Suppose we take an imaginary boy, aged 15 years, and assign to him the task of counting one billion dollars in one-dollar bills. If he’s unusually alert and tireless, he might manage to count about 100 one-dollar bills a minute. (Try it and see.) We’d have to be sure our young man was strong and persevering, for we propose to work him eight hours a day and five days a week until the task of counting one billion dollars is completedAfter  he finishes…Continue Reading

Planned Parenthood

November 11, 2013 repository Comments Off

This article appeared in The Wanderer, April 3, 1941.  (WOW, Look what we have 70 years later.) A group which calls itself the National Committee for Planned Parenthood has begun a nationwide campaign to have the promotion of birth control included in State and national health programs. The committee—which, according to propaganda sheets reaching our desk has a branch in Minnesota—is said to be composed of more than a thousand “leaders in American public life” who feel it necessary to focus public attention on the need for “planned parenthood,” especially among the poorer families. As part of its program the committee is conducting a drive for $625,000 with which it intends to finance its activities. It is working in conjunction…Continue Reading

Questions of Non-Catholics . . . Answered by Father Richard Felix, O.S.B.

November 10, 2013 repository Comments Off

Reprinted from The Wanderer April 10, 1941 Why Does God allow us to be tempted? God allows us to be tempted so that we may prove our attachment to him and merit a higher place in heaven. Temptations are the lot of all men; they are the battle ground upon which heaven is won or lost. “The kingdom of heaven suffereth violence and the violent bear it away’’(Matt. 11,12). We have to earn heaven and one of the ways of earning it is by way of overcoming temptation. If the temptations are against charity or chastity or humility or justice or obedience or any other virtue they are all equal opportunities for gaining merit and of assuring ourselves a higher…Continue Reading